The Nigeria Railway Corporation (NRC) has said that the construction of the Lagos-Ibadan standard gauge rail would begin on Friday, April 14, 2017.
This disclosure was made by the Managing Director (MD), NRC, Fidet Okhiria, in a chat with the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) on Wednesday in Lagos.
The MD also used the medium to urge those trespassing on the NRC land to start packing their belongings, to avoid their property being destroyed by bulldozers.
He said: “Those that are due for compensation will be compensated because it is part of the contract.
“But those who encroached on the land have to leave the premises as soon as possible because the constructions will begin on Friday.
“We intentionally did not give permits to so many people because we know that one day, the land will be required.
“So we have already mapped out those places we need to remove and they are aware. We have told them to remove their valuables before the bulldozers start work.’’
Okhiria also made it knonw that the projects would bring lots of socio-economic development to communities and major town along the axis.
According to him, the NRC will deliver consistent services that will attract lots of commercial and social activities that will serve as employment to the teeming youths of the various communities.
The standard gauge is going to have two stations along the axis; we will have stations in Omin Adio and Moniya in Ibadan.
“The project will bring a lot of developments to the communities and improve the standard of living of people in the area,’’ Okhiria said.
The NRC boss also appealed to indigenes of the various communities to cooperate with the construction workers in the course of their duties.